After the success of the inaugural Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award in 2018, we are proud to announce the second round of the Burman New Play Award in 2020. Barrington Stage seeks an original, emerging new voice in the American Theatre. The winning playwright will receive $25,000, a staged reading and a possible full production. Two additional $5,000 awards will be given to playwrights who will each receive a staged reading at Barrington Stage.   
Submissions will open on January 2, 2020 and will close April 30, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.  There is no fee for entry.  


WHAT/WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The play...
 

  • must be a new full length play that has not been produced professionally 
  • must be available for its official world premiere production
  • must be unpublished and not yet licensed
  • must be free and not attached to any producers 
  • must be able to be performed with 8 actors or less 
  • must be wholly original and not an adaptation or translation of an existing foreign language play 
  • must be a play that has not already been sent to Barrington Stage Company for consideration

 

The playwright...

  •  must be a U.S. resident
  • can only submit one play
  • cannot be an immediate family member of a BSC staff or board member. 

 WHAT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A NEW PLAY?   
 

  • A brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer or literary agent must accompany the script. Each endorsing organization/person/agent can only endorse one play. The letter must be signed by the endorser and on official letterhead. 
  • A PDF of the script that does not include the author’s name, agent info, developmental/award history or year written anywhere within the script; please number all pages.
  • 150 word bio of the writer
  • 150 word synopsis of the play (that does not contain the writer’s name)
  • 150 word developmental history of the play, if any
  • Any special needs of the play (live animals, on-stage pool, three children, etc.)

 WHAT ARE THE PRIZES? 

Grand Prize (1 recipient)

  • $25,000 
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • a possible full production at Barrington Stage Company
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading and production

Runner Up Prize (2 recipients) 

  • $5,000 each
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading

 QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about the award or the application, please e-mail Megan Nussle, Project Coordinator, at newplayaward@barringtonstageco.org.  

 

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